Album review: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
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★★★★☆ Surf feels like Chance the Rapper’s attempt to win ALL music. Over this album’s 16 tracks he performs a whistle-stop tour of genres, mixing rap with big band swing, blues, clubby stuff (you know, that genre: clubby stuff). And the most surprising thing? They’re all pretty good. Of course, some are better than others. But actually, all are pretty enjoyable. Okay, I should point out now that this album isn’t just by Chance the Rapper. It’s actually by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, and Chance is just one of the guests that appears on some of the songs. Surf also features Big Sean, Jeramiah and KYLE. Wait, KYLE? What kinda rap name is that? Fuckin’ KYLE. You can’t just take a middle class name and caps lock it. Although, I am looking forward to his collaboration with QUENTIN and THEODORE. Having said that, Chance appears a helluva lot more than anyone else. If this was The Avengers, The Social Experiment would be the S.H.E.I.L.D/Nick Fury types always in the background. Meanwhile, Chance is Thor AND The Hulk AND Iron Man doing all the heavy lifting and the other guests are just Hawkeye, feeling lucky to be there. So, what are the best songs? Well, the first two ('Miracle' and 'Slip Side') are great.
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